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University of Pittsburgh Senior Vice Chancellor Humphrey to be paid $395K a year

Liz Zemba
| Saturday, February 28, 2015 12:01 a.m
Kathy Humphrey, Pitt’s new senior vice chancellor for engagement and the chancellor’s chief of staff.
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Chancellor and chief executive officer of the University of Pittsburgh Patrick Gallagher speaks Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at the Cathedral of Learning.
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University of Pittsburgh chancellor Mark Nordenberg (right) recieves a standing ovation from board chairman Steve Tritch (center) and secretary of the board B. Jean Ferketish (left) after announcing his resignation at the Friday June 28, 2013 Pitt board of trustees meeting in the ballroom at the University Club on the Oakland campus. His 18-plus-year tenure will end in Agust 2014.

Kathy Humphrey, the University of Pittsburgh’s new senior vice chancellor for engagement and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s chief of staff, will be paid $395,000 a year, the university’s compensation committee decided Friday.

Humphrey took over the post last month. She will focus on business engagement and strategic initiatives and partnerships, Pitt officials say.

She had served as Pitt’s vice provost and dean of students for nine years. School officials declined to say how much she earned in her previous role.

Humphrey could not be reached for comment.

The move occurs less than two months after Pitt’s compensation committee handed out raises totaling $150,000 to seven top administrators. The pay increases ranged from 3.7 to 7 percent and mirrored the average raise given to faculty members last year.

The pay raises follow a 3.9 percent tuition increase last fall. Pitt’s undergraduate, in-state tuition is $16,872 a year, the highest among the nation’s public universities.

Gallagher, who became Pitt’s chancellor in August, has an annual base salary of $525,000.

Stephen Tritch, chair of Pitt’s board of trustees, will install Gallagher officially on Saturday as chancellor and chief executive officer at the university’s 39th annual Honors Convocation.

The gathering will begin at 10 a.m. in Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave. in Oakland. The ceremony will recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Pitt students and faculty and coincides with the anniversary of the university’s founding as Pittsburgh Academy on Feb. 28, 1787.

Tony Raap is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7827 or

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